Benjamin Dwyer

Professor of Music

School of Media and Performing Arts

Middlesex University

Performance Practice, Composition, Irish Art Music from 1700, the music of György Ligeti, free improvisation practice & theory, music and (post)colonialism, music and feminism, the music of Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Dwyer’s music is forged from an intensive amalgamation of technical, improvisatory and interpretative elements. Experienced at the intersection of performance, gesture and compositional praxis, his music is further enriched through its deep immersion in ritual and symbol. His works have been performed worldwide by renowned musicians and ensembles. As a classical guitarist and a major exponent of contemporary music and free jazz, Dwyer performs worldwide, appearing as soloist with all the Irish orchestras, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic (Germany), the Santos Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), VOX21, the Callino Quartet (UK), the Vogler String Quartet (Germany) and Barry Guy’s Blue Shroud Band. In the past decade Dwyer has completed a triptych of major works that deal with issues of more...

PhD—Composition Thesis: A Portfolio of Compositions by Benjamin Dwyer Queen’s University, Belfast, 2000 MMus (Distinction)—Performance Thesis: Britten’s Guitar Works Royal Academy of Music/University of London, 1992 BMus (Hons, 1st class)—Performance Thesis: Britten’s Nocturnal op. 70 – Towards a Structural Understanding Trinity College, Dublin, 1991 Grad. Dip. (DIT College of Music, Dublin), 1991 Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), 1988 Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL), 1987

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Latest Additions

  1. Dwyer, Benjamin (2014) Transcendence Interrupted: Composing 'Scenes from Crow'. Diatribe Records.
  2. Dwyer, Benjamin and Gomes, Pete and Kindred, Helen (2019) KnowingUnknowing. Journal of Artistic Research . ISSN 2235-0225 (Published online first)
  3. Dwyer, Benjamin (2019) The stain upon the silence. Farpoint Records. (Accepted/In press)
  4. Dwyer, Benjamin (2017) Umbilical—the story of Oedipus, the story of Jocasta…. Diatribe Records.
  5. Dwyer, Benjamin (2018) Innocence and Experience: Mark Fitzgerald, The Life and Music of James Wilson [Book Review]. The Musical Times, 159 (1943). pp. 109-118. ISSN 0027-4666
  6. Dwyer, Benjamin (2018) Sheela-na-gigs and an ‘Aesthetics of Damage’. Enclave Review (16). pp. 11-13.
  7. Dwyer, Benjamin (2016) Barry Guy’s Time Passing... Music & Literature . ISSN 2165-4026
  8. Dwyer, Benjamin (2016) Britten and the guitar: critical perspectives for performers. Carysfort Press, Dublin. ISBN 978-1-909325-87-6
  9. Dwyer, Benjamin (2007) Theodor Adorno & Alban Berg: correspondence: 1925–1935, edited by Henri Lonitz, review. The Musical Times, 148 (1899). pp. 89-102. ISSN 0027-4666
  10. Dwyer, Benjamin (2010) From the Celtic to the abstract: shifting perspectives in the music of John Buckley. The Musical Times, 151 (1913). pp. 7-21. ISSN 0027-4666